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044: One Million Days of Lifesaving Water with Bushy Martin

About Bushy:

Bushy Martin is a property and finance expert, the best-selling author of “The Freedom Formula”, and Host of the Get Invested podcast.

Bushy is the Founder of Know How – a company who helps families in Australia to live more, work less, and secure their future safely and affordably through rental property investments.

The world loses over 1800 children a day due to contaminated water, but Bushy is putting Know How to work to reduce that. His goal is to give a million days of life-saving water to families in need through his day for a dollar campaign.

Where to find Bushy:

His book, Freedom Formula: Live More, Work Less and Leave a Legacy With Property, can be found on Amazon
His podcast, Get Invested, can be found on Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher and anywhere you listen to podcasts.
On Instagram, @bushism
On Instagram, @knowhowtomakeithappen

Show Notes:

Dorothy ([3:00] minute): Your Father had a massive impact on how you view work, so can you share what life was like as a kid and what sort of mindset around finances and work your Dad instilled in you back then?

  • It was Mom and Dad. Mom had a mentality that if you couldn’t afford it then you didn’t have it. She lived lean coming out of the Depression years. Dad was similar but had a slightly different view. Laborage was an important thing. The work ethic was work hard, get a family, put your money in the sofa, and then retire. Dad was a workaholic who Bushy looked up to greatly.
  • Bushy always gravitated towards Art, but Dad would tell him to get a real job, so Bushy decided to combine the two and become an architect.
  • ([6:00] minute) Architecture turned him into a perfectionist. This caused him to overwork, which cost him his health and his marriage. This happened at a time when his Father’s health crashed. His Father when laying in the hospital grabbed Bushy by the collar and says while paralyzed down one side, “Son you need to wake up to yourself, have a look at me, stop following my model, it’s time you stop working for money and start getting money to work for you.”

Dorothy ([9:30] minute): Once you hear this advice, how did you make that transition to living your life in this new way?

  • Lucky enough to have met his now Wife, Sonia, around this time. Nothing is what he has done, but it is all what they have done, together.
  • The two sat down and asked themselves, “How do we want to live?” “What impact do we want to make on the world, how do we personally want to live, what does that lifestyle cost, and what do we need to create to be able to do that?”. This is like architecture in that you create the future and then work backwards to solve.
  • One driving force for him is to help the voiceless and the innocent because they have no choice and they have no voice. Meaning pets and animals, children, and the elderly.
  • Put together the foundation called Golden Smiles. They bring together elderly people with abandoned pets who would otherwise be put down.
  • The ultimate thing for them is that real fulfillment comes from giving to others. “It’s almost a selfish feeling that feeling you get when you help someone else for no other reason than you want to improve your life, selfishly you get a really good feeling from that.

Dorothy ([15:40] minute): Building wealth through property investing takes time. What was the transition like from being a workaholic architect to starting to build your portfolio, how did you bridge that gap?

  • Get back to getting clear on how you want to live. How do you want to live your days your months your years. You can calculate how much that cost.
  • First thing they did was had one work to pay the bills while the other worked to build an arm of the new business. Once it was profitable, the one who was working for the bills came over and helped build another arm of the business.

Dorothy ([20:00] minute): The dollar-for-a-day is built in to your business model for Know How, can you explain that?

  • Met Harvee Pene who told him about B1G1. Bushy decided that when he helped a client refinance their home loans, and for every dollar they save the client they contribute a dollar for a days worth of life-saving water in a place in need.
  • ([22:30] minute) Know How has G.O.L.D. values. G is for generosity, it is giving in everything you do. O is for openness, it’s being open being honest being vulnerable. L is for leading, by example and showing others how to lead by creating a circle of safety for people to thrive and prosper and make mistakes. D is for diversity, embracing and celebrating change and difference. Put those together and you’ve got yourself an ethos and a culture that’s all about trying to help others try to achieve what they want to achieve in life.

Dorothy ([23:00] minute): B1G1 philosophy is something that is integrated into the way you do business, which draws your clients into it in a really powerful way so they feel like they are making an impact, it is a really cool thing!

  • Does Bush Bites every week on Facebook Live
    Created a goal of giving one million days of water by June 30th, 2019, and already has 62,000 days in the first few weeks.
  • ([25:00] minute) The giving is having a real impact on his team and how hard they are working. It has given them a purpose to what they do. The actual refinancing isn’t exciting for them, but helping those people is and drives them.

Dorothy ([27:45] minute): You are helping so many people through so many ways. Your book, The Freedom Formula, you donate proceeds from that book right?

  • Proceeds go towards a group called Hope Springs Eternal. What they do is for those who become homeless, they help them keep their pets because it is a big motivator to have someone who is dependent on you.

Dorothy ([30:50] minute): Who has been the most impactful person in your journey to do well and achieve financial success?

  • My wife’s Father, George. A Hungarian refugee who broke out of the Russian revolution in the 50’s, arrived in Australia with nothing. He was fearless and limitless in what he would do.

Dorothy ([32:00] minute): Who has been the most impactful person in feeding your drive to do good and make an impact?

  • A lot. He is a massive reader, so big names like Gandhi and Mandela. But day to day, it is his wife, Sonia. She gives, and gives, and has a humility that inspires him.

Dorothy ([33:00] minute): When you are having a bad day, what do you do to get yourself out of a funk?

  • Put on favorite music and dance like an idiot. Music moves him.
    If that doesn’t work, then he does something physical.

Dorothy ([34:00] minute): What book do you find yourself recommending most often?

  • The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson: “Life is a curved construction; time is the builder; and your choices are the architect” Sustainable success in any endeavor takes 20 years. Compounding improvement. Embrace time as your friend, not your foe. Create happy habits, and exponentially over time amazing things will start to happen.

Dorothy ([38:00] minute): What is the best piece of advice related to happiness?

  • “Happiness is a choice not a situation or circumstance. You can decide to be happy.” It is easier for some to do this than others, but you can achieve this, you can decide to be happy.

Do Well & Do Good Challenge Nominee:

Hope Springs Eternal and their Living Rough and Doing It Tough campaign. This program keeps pets and people together, helping to pay for medical fees for the animals of those in financial distress. From their website:

“During the time I have been observing and participating in rescue, I have noted that often people doing it tough financially have no option but to surrender their beloved dog to a rescue or shelter when they can’t afford vet fees.

Rescues and shelters do a wonderful thing in covering the dogs medical costs and needs and then finding them a great new home – but wouldn’t it be great if the dog could be helped to stay in their current home with an owner who loves them and to whom they provide companionship, love and often the only reason to keep going.

In other cases, people can’t even afford the surrender fees – and so, have no option but to dump their animal. Sometimes the dog is very old or very unwell and their owner can not even afford to put them to sleep – humanely and safely.

People living rough on the street often have dogs – who provide them with company, love and loyalty – and are there for them when no-one else is. They will often feed their dog before themselves.”

At Hope Springs Eternal, we are expanding our scope to include providing assistance and services to those doing it tough or living rough to help them keep their best friend (their dog) healthy and happy.

View their website here. You can donate here.

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About the author, Dorothy

Dorothy Illson is the founder of Needle's Eye Media, a full-service Facebook advertising agency. She's also the host of Do Well & Do Good, a podcast dedicated to telling the stories of people who have created financial success and leveraged it to increase their positive impact on the world.

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